Ahead Of PM’s Visit, US Sees No Threat To Pak From Arms Deal With India
NEW DELHI / WASHINGTON: It is expected that the United States to authorize India’s purchase of drone, a high-level White House warned Friday that all US military transfers. In India do not pose a threat to their neighbor Pakistan.
The official spoke to the press ahead of the first meeting of US President Donald Trump with tomorrow Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a visit to the White House, which will include individual talks and a working dinner.
The agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed aircraft worth more than 2 billion is seen in New Delhi as a key test of the defense ties that flourished under President Barack Obama, but they have been derived under US President Trump, who courted the China’s Chinese foreign minister asks to help Beijing to contain North Korea’s nuclear program.
The United States-based unmanned aircraft company, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., said Friday that the United States government has approved the sale of a naval variant of the Predator unmanned aircraft in India.
The White House has loudly said that any arms transfer would take into account the regional situation.
“We want to avoid a situation that increases tension” between India and Pakistan, the official said. India and Pakistan should engage in direct talks and seek normalization of relations, the official said.
“Some defense systems that we speak, that do not create impact in Pakistan,” he added.
The Indian Navy wants to monitor unmanned aircraft, UAV Predator variants, monitor the Indian Ocean. The agreement would be the first purchase by a country that is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
India, a large American arms buyer who was recently named by Washington as an important defense ally, wants to protect its coastline of 7500 kilometers (4700 miles) away as Beijing expands its maritime trade routes and Chinese sub-marines are each In regional waters.
However, following sources the discussions say that the US State Department was concerned about the possible destabilizing impact of the introduction of high-tech aircraft in South Asia where tensions between India spread and Pakistan especially on Kashmir .
Such sale of sensitive military equipment must be authorized by the Department of State before being sent to Congress for consideration. The drone agreement would still require congressional approval. The State Department declined to comment prior to any notification.
Defense cooperation, the US trade deficit with India, counter-terrorism activities and regional tensions should be discussed between the two leaders.
PM Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins tomorrow. The President of the United States Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and also met with country leaders, including Japan, Britain and Vietnam, since taking office in January, which led to the anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.
Other strains have emerged in relations between the United States and India, the United States was defeated by a growing bilateral trade deficit and US President Trump accusing New Delhi to negotiate with Paris unscrupulously to remove climate talks with billions Of help.
US officials expect a relatively small party to visit PM Modi without the fanfare of some of his previous trips to the US, and one to give the Indian leader a chance to personally meet US President Trump and show him what has done.
India and the United States will also discuss the sale of American hunters on the journey of PM Modi, which could be the biggest deal since they began deepening the ties of defense no more than ten years.